NEW YORK — A teenager who has accused former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 cried Tuesday as she described her encounter with the NFL Hall of Famer at the start of a civil trial.

Taylor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute for having sex with her in 2010 and is serving six years of probation. He leaned forward in his chair to watch the 19-year-old testify in U.S. District Court.

The teen, Cristina Fierro, who has since married, told a Manhattan jury hearing her lawsuit that she didn't know who Taylor was when she found him naked on a bed in a hotel room in Montebello, just north of New York City. She says another man forced her to have sex with Taylor for $300. She said she brought the lawsuit to hold Taylor accountable.

The Brooklyn-born Fierro, who grew up in Pennsylvania and New York, began weeping as she graphically described her meeting with Taylor, who says he believed she was 19 at the time.

"He said I had nice curly hair like his wife," Fierro recalled.

She said he told her she was pretty as he massaged her after she turned her back to him.

Fierro said she went to a bathroom to call her uncle, who told her to dial 911. She said she did so and left the phone in her bag, "waiting for shadows to come and banging on the door to come get me." But the police never showed up.

She said Taylor, who played in the NFL for 13 seasons and won two Super Bowls, got on top of her and she squirmed and tried to push him away but it "felt like I wasn't making a difference because of how big he was compared to me."

She said she told him it was her "first time" and he replied, "Just relax."

"It was really rough and painful," she testified, saying she felt suicidal several months later and began taking medication for depression, insomnia and anxiety.

Fierro testified that when the sex was over Taylor "just pulled out money and said, `Here, can you turn the TV off on your way out?'"

When she returned to the car of the man who had ordered her to have sex with Taylor, she said, she called her uncle and told him in Spanish that calling 911 didn't work. The police were waiting when the car arrived back at the man's Bronx home. The man later was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Taylor's lawyer, Arthur Aidala, said in his opening statement that Taylor never used violence, never threatened Fierro and thought she was sent by a friend who offered "female companionship."

Aidala tried to mitigate the circumstances by noting that Taylor "did have sex with a woman who was 16 years, 11 months and three weeks old."

"I am not condoning what he did," Aidala said. "It's a crime he's been punished for."

He said the lawsuit, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, is "a money grab" because of Taylor's fame.

With cross-examination set to start Wednesday, Aidala asked the judge if he could tell the jury that a rape kit test showed the semen of two men including Taylor. The judge didn't immediately decide.

Taylor, who lives in Broward County, Fla., led the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was expected to testify Wednesday.

The Associated Press doesn't normally publish the names of accusers in sexual-assault cases unless they agree to be named or identify themselves publicly, as Fierro has done.

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  • Cristina Fierro, Gloria Allred

    Cristina Fierro listens during a news conference in New York, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Attorney Gloria Allred was announcing a civil lawsuit against NFL football great Lawrence Taylor, who paid to have sex from Fierro, a child victim of sex trafficking. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Lawrence Taylor

    Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor leaves federal court Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in New York. A teenager who has accused Taylor of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 cried as she described her encounter with the NFL Hall of Famer, at the start of a civil trial. Taylor has pleaded guilty to having sex with her in 2010. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Cristina Fierro, Gloria Allred

    Cristina Fierro, right, and attorney Gloria Allred take questions during a news conference in New York, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Allred was announcing a civil lawsuit against NFL football great Lawrence Taylor, who paid to have sex from Fierro, a child victim of sex trafficking. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Lawrence Taylor

    Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor leaves federal court Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in New York. A teenager who has accused Taylor of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 cried as she described her encounter with the NFL Hall of Famer at the start of a civil trial. Taylor has pleaded guilty to having sex with her in 2010. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Cristina Fierro, Gloria Allred

    Cristina Fierro, right, speaks while attorney Gloria Allred listens during a news conference in New York, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Allred was announcing a civil lawsuit against football great Lawrence Taylor, who paid to have sex from Fierro, a child victim of sex trafficking. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Cristina Fierro, Gloria Allred

    Cristina Fierro, left, listens while attorney Gloria Allred speaks during a news conference in New York, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Allred was announcing a civil lawsuit against football great Lawrence Taylor, who paid to have sex from Fierro, a child victim of sex trafficking. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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  • Gloria Allred

    The teenage girl at the center of the sex-crimes case against Lawrence Taylor, right, is hugged by her attorney, Gloria Allred, in front of reporters and photographers outside the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The girl, identified in court and by Allred as C.F., made a surprise appearance at Taylor's sentencing Tuesday, eager to declare that he should be behind bars. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Gloria Allred

    The teenage girl at the center of the sex-crimes case against Lawrence Taylor, right, looks on as her attorney, Gloria Allred, speaks in front of reporters and photographers outside the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The girl, identified in court and by Allred as C.F., made a surprise appearance at Taylor's sentencing Tuesday, eager to declare that he should be behind bars. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Lawrence Taylor

    Former New York Giants football star Lawrence Taylor arrives at the Rockland County Courthouse for formal sentencing in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, March 22, 2011. The 52-year-old ex-linebacker pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Lawrence Taylor Sentencing

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  • Lawrence Taylor, Lynette Taylor

    NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, and his wife, Lynette, leave a court appearance at Rockland County courthouse in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Taylor pleaded not guilty to charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl and to charges including third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute and endangering a child. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • Lawrence Taylor, Arthur Aidala

    Former New York Giants linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor appears at Ramapo Town Court in Suffern, N.Y., Thursday, May 6, 2010. Taylor was arraigned on rape and prostitution charges in an assault on a 16-year-old runaway who police said was brought to his suburban New York hotel room against her will. (AP Photo/Seth Harrison, Pool)

  • Lawrence Taylor, Arthur Aidala

    Former New York Giants linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor appears during his arraignment at Ramapo Town Court in Suffern, N.Y., Thursday, May 6, 2010. Taylor has been arraigned on rape and prostitution charges in an assault on a 16-year-old runaway who police said was brought to his suburban New York hotel room against her will. (AP Photo/Seth Harrison, Pool)

  • Giants V Redskins

    11 Oct 1993: Linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants (left) and Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien look on during a game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D. C. The Giants won the game, 41-7. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport

  • Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor

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